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Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker to perform at OSU May 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker will perform on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4 p.m. at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series.

A gold medalist at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, Parker has emerged as an unusually versatile musician with solo credits including performances with the major orchestras of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and others. He also has jammed with jazz musicians Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with noted “Police” drummer Stuart Copeland.

The wide-ranging concert program includes three preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff (the Op. 32 G Major, No. 5, Op. 23 G minor No.5 and Op. 23 B-flat Major No.2 ); Ludwig van Beethoven’s popular Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”; William Hirtz’s “Bernard Hermann Fantasy”; “Scenes from a Jade Terrace,” a 1996 work by Canadian composer Alexina Louie; “Jeux d’Eau” (“Water Games”) by impressionist composer Maurice Ravel;  and Hirtz’s “Fantasy on the Wizard of Oz,” originally written for four-hand piano and adapted as a solo work especially for Parker.

During his visit to Corvallis, Parker also will present a free master class at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Benton Hall Room 303 (1650 S.W. Pioneer Place). In addition to working with invited student performers, he will take audience questions about his upcoming recital and life as an international touring concert pianist.

The Sunday concert will be held in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or in Corvallis at Grassroots Books & Music and Rice’s Pharmacy.

Students ages 8-18 and all college students with valid ID are admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to concert with SNAP card. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Theatre to present ‘The Upward-Beating Heart’ in May

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present in May the premiere of “The Upward-Beating Heart,” an original, devised work developed by OSU students.

In theater, devised plays are those where the script originates from collaborative, often improvised work by a group of people, rather than by a writer or writers. “The Upward-Beating Heart” is based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.”

Performances will be held May 11-13 and May 19-20, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on May 21 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a romantic drama set during the historic battle over the town Teruel, Spain, in the winter of 1938. When Federico, a young and aimless poet and musician, befriends a ragtag group of political activists, he is torn between loyalty to his brother, a Nationalist soldier, and the fight against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

The tale explores themes of passion, fear and the role of art in political resistance. The script, written by a group of OSU students, includes original music and brings to life the complexities of the intersections of love, politics, and ideals.

“This has been an ambitious year-long project and demonstrates the incredible talent of our OSU students,” said Elizabeth Helman, director and member of the OSU Theatre Arts faculty. “The story is funny, thoughtful, and ultimately extremely moving. I’m very excited to share it with our campus and Corvallis community.”

The cast features OSU students Casey Collins as Hermana Clara; Sedona Garcia as Carla/Emilia; PJ Harris as Carmen; Sydney King as Lucia; Ben Lawrence as Luís; Thomas McKean as Federico; Annie Parham as Ana; Elena Ramirez as Adelita; Alex Small as Desi; Mike Stephens as Guillermo;  Kyle Stockdall as Martín; and Sarah Sutton as Maria. The cast also includes Corvallis community members Matt Holland as Carlos and Rick Wallace as Rico.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youths/students; and $5 for OSU students. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning May 1 at: http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. They are also available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales.

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OSU vet college to host popular Pet Day celebration on Saturday, May 6

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host its popular annual Pet Day celebration on Saturday, May 6, at Magruder Hall on campus. The facility is located at 30th Street and Washington Way in Corvallis.

Pet Day is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., though a handful of activities including the Fun Run and Dog Wash have nominal fees. 

The event annually draws more than 3,000 people for tours, activities and education, including numerous activities aimed at children. Among the highlights are a petting zoo, teddy bear surgery, the dog wash, dog agility demonstrations, tours of the veterinary hospital and more.

Numerous booths staffed by vendors and volunteers provide information on animal health and wellness, nutrition, adoption and therapy. Other booths will be selling animal-related products and gifts. 

Also on display will be llamas, goats, greyhounds, reptiles and other animals.

The 5K Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. Registration information is available online at: http://bit.ly/2oJ344F. Other events include a pet costume contest and a cat photo contest participants can enter via email

Pet Day was created by students in OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and continues to be organized and staffed by students.

Industry partners supporting the event include Banfield Pet Hospital, Hills Pet Nutrition, Nestlé Purina Pet Care Company, Bayer Animal Health, and the Oregon Animal Health Foundation.

For more information on Pet Day, go to: http://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/pet-day

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Lyn Smith-Gloria, 541-737-3844, lyn.smith-gloria@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State ROTC to hold annual Joint Service Review on May 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cadets in all four branches of Oregon State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps will assemble May 5 in the Memorial Union quad for the annual Joint Service Review.

The review starts at 10 a.m. and is free of charge.

The event traces its roots to 1918, and this spring will mark its 70th consecutive year.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Curt Loop will review OSU’s cadets in Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force ROTC. Loop is an Oregon State alumnus who was commissioned in 1966 and retired in 2003.

There will be three tented seating areas in front of the Memorial Union steps. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event organizers expect multiple government and university officials to attend. The public is encouraged to arrive early for an opportunity to visit with those people and with ROTC personnel.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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OSU Center for the Humanities hosts ‘Blackout’ exhibit featuring work of Kerry Skarbakka

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Blackout,” an exhibit of work by Oregon State University’s Kerry Skarbakka, is on display at the OSU Center for the Humanities now through June 8. The center is located at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Skarbakka is assistant professor of photography at OSU and teaches courses in photography and sculpture. Blackout is Skarbakka’s second solo exhibition in Corvallis in the last year. The site-specific installation is comprised of objects of art and understanding, encapsulated in the medium used to line the beds of trucks, and thus blacked out, or rendered void.

Skarbakka said the Center for the Humanities exhibition, which coincides with the March for Science and Earth Day on April 22, provides “a message of solidarity against attempts to defund and silence the arts, the sciences and the humanities.”

Skarbakka’s performance-based photographic work depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning and fighting have been exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; and The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

His work has been featured on the cover of notable publications such as Aperture and The Missouri Review, and in other publications including Afterimage, Art and America and ArtReview International. 

Skarbakka has received funding from Creative Capital, Seattle's 1% for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Skarbakka received his B.A. in studio art from the University of Washington in 1994 and his M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College, Chicago in 2003.For more information, visit www.skarbakka.com

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host Spring Family Weekend comedy show

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three comedians will perform on May 6 during the Oregon State University Spring Family Weekend. Headliners Ryan Hamilton and Aparna Nancherla will put on two shows, at 6:30 and 9 p.m., joined by special guest Kermet Apio.

Hamilton has endeared comedy lovers with his appearances on The Late Show, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Nancherla has appeared on Crashing, Conan, and Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Variety named her to its list of "Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2016.”

Apio is a stand-up comedian from Honolulu, Hawaii, who lives in Seattle, Washington. He was the winner of The Great American Comedy Festival. 

Tickets to the show, priced at $34 to $38, are available at sli.oregonstate.edu/family.

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Writer Chris Anderson to read at Oregon State University April 28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer and Oregon State University Professor Chris Anderson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Anderson has written, co-written, or edited 14 books in a variety of genres on subjects ranging from writing style to nature to spirituality. 

His most recent book, “Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything,” is a collection of collage essays published by Eerdmans in 2016. The book draws on an ancient prayer tradition, the Ignatian “Examen of Conscience,” to explore the struggle, joy and doubt of contemporary spirituality.

Anderson’s other books include “Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing”; “Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction; “Open Questions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Writing”; and “Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.” He has also published two books of poetry, “My Problem with the Truth” and “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” 

Anderson is a professor of English at OSU, where he teaches a variety of courses in writing, pedagogy and literature in translation. In addition to his doctorate in English from the University of Washington, Anderson holds a master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and serves as an ordained Catholic deacon.

The reading is part of the 2016-17 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU to host 20th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl April 20-23

CORVALLIS, Ore. – High school teams from around the country will compete April 20-23 at Oregon State University in the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic quiz-bowl style competition focusing on knowledge of issues relating to the world’s oceans. 

Competitors are the winning teams from 25 regional bowls held in February and include the first-place finishers at OSU’s regional contest, the Salmon Bowl. The winner of that bowl, hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is Rockaway Beach’s Neah-Kah-Nie High School. A full list of competing teams is available here: http://bit.ly/2pBj5Kb.

This national competition, sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. 

Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of ocean science and related issues, including a diverse range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, technology and policy. The theme for this year’s Finals is “Blue Energy: Powering the Planet with our Ocean.”

Designed to test students’ knowledge and encourage careers in ocean sciences, this year’s competition will cover basic ocean science questions such as “What effect does the El Niño Southern Oscillation have on the fishing industries in the Northern Hemisphere?” and explore topics relevant to the theme. Among them:

  • Technologies used to harness energy from waves, tides, currents, wind and other sources;
  • Challenges to implementing marine renewable energy;
  • Potential impacts of marine renewable energy on ecosystems and marine life;
  • Challenges of deploying, retrieving and maintaining ocean instruments and technologies;
  • Permits and regulatory policies;
  • Organizations and groups involved in marine renewable energy research and commercialization. 

Oregon State University is home to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a consortium of universities, faculty and students that conducts research and tests technologies to harness ocean power.

The 25 teams convene on the evening of Thursday, April 20, for a career mentoring event and spend Friday on eight different marine science-focused field trips to the Oregon coast ahead of the weekend’s competition. 

The welcome and competition will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the LInC Room 128. The event concludes with the awards ceremony from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit nosb.org.

Major sponsors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Office of Naval Research; Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Wendy and Eric Schmidt; Deerbrook Charitable Trust; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Shell; Eastman Foundation; Lockheed Martin; and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. A complete list of sponsors can be found here: http://nosb.org/about-nosb/sponsors/.

 


 

About National Ocean Sciences Bowl: The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. Now in its 20th year, the NOSB inspires students to pursue a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Through this educational forum, the NOSB introduces students, teachers, schools, and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible career path. Most high school students do not have the opportunity to study ocean science as part of their formal coursework, which makes the NOSB one of the only ways students gain exposure to this field. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science, helping to solve the growing environmental, economic and security issues facing our ocean and planet. 

About Consortium for Ocean Leadership: The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that represents the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria, and industry with the mission to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

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Allison Hays, 941-962-9266, ahays@oceanleadership.org; Flaxen Conway, 541-737-1339, fconway@coas.oregonstate.edu

OSU’s 2017 EdFest to focus on literary citizenship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – EdFest, a biennial festival that brings in panels of editors, publishers, agents and writers to address a range of topics related to professional development for emerging writers, will be held Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 in Corvallis.

This year’s events explore the theme of literary citizenship. EdFest is hosted by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Events include: 

  • Writer Aaron Burch will read from his book “Stephen King’s The Body” at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. A screening of the film “Stand by Me” will follow. The theater is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.
  • Amanda Bullock will facilitate a panel discussion on “Opportunities in the Literary World Beyond Writing and Teaching” at 4 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Special Collections Room. The library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Pl., Corvallis. 
  • Authors Wendy S. Walters, Caryl Pagel, and Kevin González will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Rotunda.

The events are free and open to the public. 

EdFest is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: http://bit.ly/2nYJLoz. A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk by Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. Knowles will explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Friday, April 28: The sixth annual Social Justice Conference on Human Rights, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Students will read papers and discuss issues relating to human dignity, focusing on rising nationalism in the United States and Europe and how it may impact politics, international relations, and minorities. The event is co-sponsored by the OSU School of Public Policy and the Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Week events, visit http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu.

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Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265, pkopperman@oregonstate.edu